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Exceptional Family Member

c/o Fleet and Family Support Center
168 Bennion Road
NSA Annapolis, MD 21402

The Navy’s Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) is a quality of life program that supports Sailors who have military dependents with physical, mental health or education conditions and require special care and services.  Enrollment in the EFMP allows Navy detailers to consider the Sailor’s family needs during the assignment process ensuring that necessary resources will be available at the Sailor’s assigned duty station.


  • Networking, information, referral, and resources, and assistance during PCS moves
  • Peace of mind for deployed service members and their families
  • Enhances command readiness through support to the service member and family
  • Improves retention by providing support to skilled sailors who may otherwise have considered separation in order to best meet their family’s needs.
  • Decreases costly overseas returns by proactively ensuring that duty assignments are made with special needs taken into consideration.

Eligibility for EFMP

Military dependents who:

  • Are affected by a physical, mental health or educational condition requiring special care or services not generally available in isolated or overseas locations.
  • Enrolled in DEERS.
  • Reside with the sponsor (excluding geographic bachelors and family members living in residential care facilities).

Note: Enrollment is mandatory for all Sailors who have family members with special needs.


Once enrolled, your family member is assigned one of six categories based upon the frequency and duration of treatment and support that he or she requires. Orders are issued using the category assignment as a guideline. It is important to note that these categories apply to the family member and do not restrict the sea and shore duty requirements of the service member.

  • Category 1   Needs do not generally limit assign­ments
  • Category 2   Condition requires specific CONUS or overseas locations
  • Category 3   Usually no assignment to overseas locations based on non-availability of needed services
  • Category 4   Assignment to billets near major military or civilian medical facility
  • Category 5   Enables service member to home­stead in a major medical area that of­fers both sea and shore assignments
  • Category 6   Temporary Category: Condition requires a stable environment for six months to one year

Assistance with Enrollment, Updates, and Disenrollment is provided by Fleet and Family Support EFMP Liaisons and Medical Treatment Facility EFMP Coordinators.   

EFMP enrollment is mandatory and required immediately upon identification of a special need. The following forms are used for enrollment:
DD Form 2792, Exceptional Family Member Medical and Educational Summary
DD Form 2792-1, Exceptional Family Member Special Education / Early Intervention Summary 

Fleet & Family Support EFMP Liaisons can assist EFM families in identifying special needs services and resources by locating local military & civilian resources, special education assistance, social & support groups, treatment providers, and information about local disability services.

Additional information about EFMP can be found at the following web sites:

Exceptional Family Member Program Guide



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